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Monday, September 19, 2011
NYC better get ready for MGBG!
"Start spreading the news. I'm leaving today. I want to be part of it. New York, New York!"
~New York, New York by: Frank Sinatra
I'm stoaked citizens! This Friday I'm on a plane headed for the NYC Barefoot Run on September 25th and 26th. This event is the end-all-be-all. The Woodstock of bare feet. The Mecca of minimalism. I'm having some serious barefoot nerd overload here. It's a bit hard to contain myself.
I am fortunate enough (or I brown-nosed enough) to be attending the Barefoot Run as a guest of Merrell as part of their Merrell Barefoot Jam. The Barefoot Jam comprises the main part of the day on the 25th, and features a race expo, speakers, Q&A, and a ton more. On deck are big names such as Barefoot Ken Bob, Barefoot Ted, Erwan Le Corre, Christopher McDougall, and Jason Robillard.
Then there's me. I'm one of several bloggers that Merrell has asked to participate in the Merrell Roundtable, which is a panel discussion about the future of the barefoot movement. I will be there along with fellow bloggers Pete Larson (Runblogger), Justin Owings (Birthdayshoes), Barefoot Josh, Kate Kift, Tucker Goodrich (Yelling Stop), Jesse Scott, and the Robillards.
I feel a bit like "that guy" in comparison to folks like Jason and Pete, both of which have some of the most popular blogs online. I've suggested to Kate and Jesse that we make shirts that say "Barefoot B-List" on them. But I figure I must have been asked to participate for a reason. Plus it's a great opportunity to network (i.e. drink with these people).
I'm also hoping to have enough time to hit up a clinic with Lee Saxby from VIVOBAREFOOT, and maybe try on some shoes at the Terra Plana store. I'm fixing to become a certified barefoot running instructor by VIVOBAREFOOT in early 2012, and this will be a good sneak peek into Lee's methods.
Then on Sunday the 26th, I'll be doing the 2nd Annual NYC Barefoot Run around Governor's Island. The run is kind of unique in that there is no official distance. You run what you feel like running. The course itself is a 2-mile loop around the island. From what I can tell, most of my friends are planning to do in the 6-10 mile range. I might be more into socializing than running, so we'll see.
I'm also wondering if I should wear my cape. It's kind of my thing. Suggestions welcome!
Anyway, if you're in the NYC area this weekend, this is an epic event that is not to be missed! It would be great to get a chance to meet you loyal readers in person! But if you can't make it, I'll be sure to take lots of pictures and have a full report next week.
Cheers to the Big Apple citizens!